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October 6, 2020/Big Ideas

Building the World We Deserve: A New Framework for Infrastructure

Over the past two years of research and conversations with partners across the field, we’ve realized that our nation’s infrastructure is due for a reset.

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August 13, 2020/Big Ideas

Context is Key: Building Trust in Grantmaking

In this installment in our ongoing series, we’ll explore the information that we share about ourselves in order to keep our new relationships grounded in mutual respect and understanding.

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July 16, 2020/Big Ideas

Context is Key: Where is the Work Happening?

Our inquiry driven approach sets us up to provide grantees with targeted, strategic funding and thought partnership that reflects the conditions where they work.

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June 13, 2020/Big Ideas

Context is Key

Learn more about the considerations that we take into account as we develop strong working relationships with our grantees

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June 12, 2020/Big Ideas

Context is Key: Who’s Doing the Work?

In my role as SFE’s Executive Director, one of the core philosophies that I ask our team to keep top of mind is the belief that “context is key.”

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June 3, 2020/Big Ideas

Building the World We Deserve

We are on a journey that is not without significant obstacles, but I also see it as an opportunity to grow together.

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May 12, 2020/Big Ideas

What You Need to Know About Privacy, Personal Data, and COVID-19

SFE grantees are developing resources to help us learn more about maintaining a balance between protecting our privacy and strengthening our collective public health.

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May 5, 2020/Big Ideas

Understanding Our Place in a Changing World

Katy Knight explains how SFE’s questions-first approach will feel more relevant than ever post pandemic.

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July 8, 2019/Big Ideas

Framing the Big Picture

As responsible grantmakers, we make sure that SFE’s support goes to grantees whose work advances practice in each of our interest areas, improves our understanding of the key challenges we face, and presents potential solutions.

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February 21, 2019/Big Ideas

What Is Effective Philanthropy?

We believe that strengthening the nonprofit sector as a whole through practicing Effective Philanthropy can happen through supporting individual organizations, sharing lessons with others, and engaging our peers to learn about best practices.

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February 27, 2018/Big Ideas, Research

How Will AI and Automation Affect Cities?

The Scalable Cooperation Group at MIT has embarked on a set of research projects that aim to illuminate many facets of the future of work.

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